Ohio to make improvements to Safer Ohio School tip line
Ohio is making improvements to its Safe Ohio School Tip Line to make it easier for Ohioans to voice their concerns over school safety.
Specifically, the safety line will get an app on Android and the iOS and online web form, which will include prepopulated prompts to help users quickly upload information, according to a news release from Gov. DeWine's Office.
"Intelligence analysts previously manned the tip line, but we felt that it was important to staff the call center with individuals experienced in helping those with immediate mental health needs," said Emily Torok, Ohio School Safety Center executive director. "Now, instead of referring those who need urgent help to other sources of support, crisis response professionals with the Safer Ohio School Tip Line can immediately provide intervention support and notify first responders to conduct a wellness check."
School students, staff, parents, and community members associated with any school in Ohio are encouraged to report any school safety concerns to the tip line including, bulling, gang activity and weapons or suspicious devices on or near school grounds.
Additional upgrades to the Safer Ohio School Tip Line include more flexibility for schools and law enforcement to increase the number of staff members who receive immediate tips.
The call center, which is staffed by multilingual team members fluent in Spanish, French, Portuguese, Russian, German and Arabic, is now also equipped with telephonic language translation for additional languages including Chinese, Japanese, Pennsylvania Dutch, Somali, Twi and Vietnamese.